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Water wanted for thirsty lands.
Water wanted for thirsty lands.

Global warming, growing thirst

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Here in the North Country, we rarely think of drinking water as a commodity, as a resource as precious as oil or timber. But the growing demand for fresh water in other parts of the country -- especially in the desert Southwest -- is changing the value of water in places where supplies have always been plentiful. In this first report of our special coverage of climate change, global and local, Brian Mann looks at how this region's drinking water could wind up in faraway cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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